Iranian Protests Following Ukranian Plane Being Shot Down

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Iranian Protests Following Ukranian Plane Being Shot Down

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Following all the tensions with Iran, there have also been reports of Iranian police using force against anti-government protesters. Police deny shooting any protesters, however. 

Videos of the protests show what appears to be gunfire and even showed an injured woman being carried away. 

The protests started on Saturday after Iran admitted firing missiles by mistake at the Ukraine International Airlines plane that crashed near Tehran. 

All of the 176 passengers, pilots and flight attendants aboard the flight were killed. 

Iran at first denied that they had shot down the plane and suggested it had happened due to a technical failure. 

The video emerging of a missile appearing to hit the plane provoked widespread anger in Iranian citizens against the government. 

This all followed the nation’s united grief over the killing of General Qasem Soleimani just days before. 

The latest reports of a possible crackdown go along with the protests in November over rising fuel prices. Human rights groups are saying that hundreds of people were killed.

At the weekend protests, people were there late into the night as people were in outrage over the Ukranian plane being shot down. 

Some protesters were kicking and then even ripping down a large poster of Soleimani. 

Reports went out saying that a large number of people were injured when security forces broke up a protest in Tehran’s Azadi Square. At this protest, people were chanting “death to the dictator,” referencing their Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. 

When the video came out showing the Iranian police using brutal force to stop the protesters, a protester said that they had first started coming with sticks and when they started to shout slogans, the police bombarded them with fire and started to shoot. 

The Tehran police chief insisted that the officers did not fire live ammunition at protesters saying, “the police treated the people who had gathered with patience and tolerance.” 

There was a lot of outrage coming from citizens, athletes and actors/actresses. One of Iran’s most famous actresses posted that Iranians were being treated as hostages rather than citizens. 

These developments have been reacted to by President Trump. He tweeted “To the leaders of Iran – DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS. Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching. More importantly, the USA is watching. Turn your internet back on and let reporters roam free! Stop the killing of your great Iranian people!”